With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given weekend, sorting through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time can be taxing.

To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the things we think are most worthy of your time.

Friday 1.30 – ShowPDX: A Decade of Portland Furniture Design – 11a-6p, $4 (link)

Although this exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Craft has been open since October 31st of last year, this weekend will be your last chance to catch it before it closes. With over 60 examples of unusual and stimulating furniture design, it’s a great way to spend your afternoon. The only downside is that when you get home, you’ll realize how bland everything you own actually looks.

Who wants to buy me this desk?


Saturday 1.31 – Coma Serfs EP Release with Still Caves and Jackson Boone at Bunk Bar – 9p, 21+, $5 (link)

Celebrating their third EP in less than a year and a half, Saturday night Coma Serfs will release their brand new composition of grungy, psych-pop titled Ready or Not America! Here Come The Coma Serfs! With support from Still Caves and Jackson Boone, this show highlights some of the best garage and psychedelic music Portland has to offer.


Saturday 1.31 – Worst Day of the Year Run – 9a, $35 to run/free to watch (link)

I’m not sure who made the call that January 31st is the “worst day of the year,” but I guess I’ll have to take their word for it. This 5k (or 10k if you really want to push yourself) run takes place down at McMenamins Edgefield, and often features runners dressed up in silly costumes. They’re greeted at the finish line by warm soup, fresh bread, coffee, cocoa, and hot cider, but most importantly a warm, indoor place to consume all of those delicious things.

The forecast calls for 54° and partly cloudy, so it’s safe to say it won’t be the worst day of the year.


Saturday 1.31 – School of Rock: Best of Portland 4 at Wonder Ballroom – 7p, all ages, $15 advance/$18 at the door (link)

Come watch the young musicians who will make up Portland’s future best bands as the School of Rock teams up on stage with and cover tracks by some of the cities current best artists. Special extended performance by Stephen Malkmus, and songs by Aan, Guantanamo Baywatch, Natasha Kmeto, Summer Cannibals, Red Fang, Wild Ones, and many more.


Sunday 2.1 – Legacy Short Film Festival at The Hollywood Theater – 2p, all ages, free (link)

On a day where your evening will likely be taken up by the All-American junk food and marketing bonanza known as the Super Bowl, something much more local and worthy will be going on in your own backyard — the Legacy Short Film Festival. LSFF is a free event (but you still need to register) celebrating a few short films that focus on socially conscious issues that are close to our community. They’re even created by local filmmakers. It really is the perfect way to offset the negative karma you’ll receive from sitting on your ass in front of the television for three hours watching stupid commercials.